What to Make When…Chicken Breasts

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 16, 2011

At one point in my life I was a boneless skinless chicken snob. Then this happened.

Still, I cook with it all the time.  Yes, because it’s easier and takes less time to prepare.

But I never. ever. no never. pay full price for it.  That would be just silly!

Like with most other meat cuts, I don’t pay more than $1.99/lb for chicken breasts. I often see it on sale for $1.88/lb, and sometimes as low as $1.66/lb.  Every now and again my grocery store will mail me coupons for “$2 off $7 meat department” purchase, so I try to use those in conjunction with these sales to get chicken breasts for as little as possible.

You can find many more great recipes that call for chicken too!

There’s nothing like the taste of juicy grilled chicken either…

Don’t forget about the batch grilling concept. It’s *almost* grilling season again!  I may just get out there on Friday afternoon…it’s supposed to be near 60!


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Do you have any favorite budget friendly recipe that uses chicken breasts that you’d to share!?  Link them up or leave them in the comments.

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Rella (@RellaBellaK) February 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

I cook with chicken breasts a lot so I try to change up the flavors as much as possible so I don’t get board, using lots of different ingredients and fresh herbs. This is one of my all-time favorites: Chicken w/ mushrooms & sage. You can definitely use dried sage for an even cheaper recipe, but I like to splurge a bit on fresh herbs.



Karen Han February 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

sadly I have yet to see it that low, is it possible to adjust the price depending on where you live? I am in FL. the only way I See that price is possibly FL. Its 1.78 there @ Wal-mart :)


Jocelyn Stott February 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm



fairy dust February 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Can’t wait for grilling season again!!!!


L2L February 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I have to confess that the only chicken we ate for 6 years was FROZEN chicken breasts. Living overseas the commisary only carried frozen chicken, seriously. It has been hard to break that habit as I don’t even consider looking at the fresh chicken breasts and I shudder to think of ever getting a whole chicken, lol!!!


Jaime February 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

ugh…I have to work Fri. but I’m still hoping that all the snow melts, so I can uncover my grill and cook up some stuff on Saturday! I’m missing my grilled food. And just so you know, the bbq chicken quesadillas have been a fav. in my house since you posted it last year! We put pepper jack cheese and avocados on ours…yum!


Brandi February 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Thank you so much for posting this!… I too, never pay full price for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Our Bi-Lo and Food Lion almost always have them B1G1 free. I have never thought of batch grilling. My Hubby is gonna have his grilling cut out for him this summer!


Jackie February 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I’m a freezer cooking gal and I also wait until a 1.99 or less chicken sale and make convenience chicken once a month (diced, sliced and shredded plus broth) I grill it in the summer and do the same to make all kinds of quick meals and casseroles.


Jodi February 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I’m so envious–I keep kosher and can rarely buy chicken breasts for less than $6.98 a pound! Luckily my DH isn’t such a big meat eater, so I try to keep costs down by going mostly meatless.


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